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    (CNN)Texas filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging actions taken by the Biden administration in the wake of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade reversal -- actions that Texas alleges illegally preempts the state's abortion laws. Texas is challenging recent guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services -- released Monday after an executive order by President Joe Biden last week -- asserting that federal law preempts state abortion restrictions when emergency care is needed and that the federal government can penalize institutions or providers that fail to provide abortions necessary for treating medical emergencies. Texas argues that the law in question -- the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act -- does not give the federal government the authority to force health care providers to perform abortions. The law sets standards for the treatment emergency patients must receive at certain health care facilities and threatens civil penalties, as well as loss of the Medicare or Medicaid funding, for violations. "EMTALA does not mandate access to abortion or codify a right to an abortion as 'stabilizing treatment' for an 'emergency medical condition,'"...
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The administration of President Joe Biden on Saturday condemned Indiana’s new ban on abortions, calling it another extreme attempt by Republicans to trample women’s rights. Indiana on Friday became the first state in the nation to approve such legislation since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a 1973 landmark case that had protected the right to abortion nationwide. “The Indiana Legislature took a devastating step as a result of the Supreme Court’s extreme decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and eliminate women’s constitutionally protected right to abortion,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement. “And, it’s another radical step by Republican legislators to take away women’s reproductive rights and freedom, and put personal health care decisions in the hands of politicians rather than women and their doctors.” The ban, which takes effect Sept. 15, includes some exceptions. Abortions will be permitted in cases of rape and incest, before 10-weeks post-fertilization; to protect the life and physical health of the mother; and if a fetus is diagnosed with a lethal anomaly. Victims of rape and...
    (CNN)A group of Justice Department employees sent a list of demands to Attorney General Merrick Garland and Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday, asking for the administration to expand health care coverage to include abortion-related benefits like paid leave to travel out of state and reimbursement for travel expenses. The group, the Department of Justice Gender Equality Network, told administration officials they have not done enough to support federal workers since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in late June. Biden signs new executive order on abortion rights: Womens health and lives are on the line"[T]he federal government has chosen not to follow countless employers in the private sector that support their employees affected by restrictive state laws," states the letter from DOJ GEN, a 1,200-member organization comprised of Justice Department employees who pursue gender equity in the federal workforce. "Failing to act quickly to address this issue could hinder the Administration's work to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the federal workforce, and harm the Administration's efforts to recruit and retain talented employees."In the weeks since Roe...
    The Biden administration is quietly mounting a defense of an administration official who has become the primary target of aggressive attacks by Republicans who see in her a focal point for the culture wars over transgender rights. Dr. Rachel Levine, the assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services, has largely been focused on disparities in healthcare equity since her confirmation in March 2021. In her position, a traditionally low-profile post in the federal bureaucracy, she has focused on access to care, standards of care and, more recently, women’s access to reproductive care in the wake of Dobbs. But her status as a transgender woman—and her public support for LGBTQ healthcare equity—has made her an increasing target for transphobic attacks by conservative media outlets, television personalities and elected officials. “Dr. Levine is a widely respected public health official, and the intention is to build her up,” said one administration official who was not authorized to speak on the matter, “not to debase her and ourselves by engaging with people who are truly beneath contempt.” Nearly all...
    Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton said Friday on ABC’s “The View” that President Joe Biden cares deeply about the American people, which she said is “an important thing to acknowledge” after his predecessor, former President Donald Trump. Co-host Sunny Hostin said, “I think the answer is educating the American people, right? Because I think you’re right. They go to the grocery store, they go to the gas pump, and they see the prices, and they can’t afford that. There’s that disconnect there. Why is it happening? People are only blaming the Biden administration, and I think the education part is really important because this is a global phenomenon. There are reasons why our inflation rate is at 9.1%. If you look at all the economies around the world, 60% of the economies around the world have inflation rates that are really, really high, and that is because of the global pandemic, right? It’s a global pandemic. That’s also because you have the war, the war in Ukraine. China has slowed down its production because of the global pandemic because they had the...
    (CNN)In new clarifying guidance announced Monday, the Biden Administration said that federal law preempts state abortion bans when emergency care is needed, and that the federal government can penalize institutions or providers that fail to provide necessary abortions to treat medical emergencies."Under the law, no matter where you live, women have the right to emergency care — including abortion care," HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a news release Monday. "Today, in no uncertain terms, we are reinforcing that we expect providers to continue offering these services, and that federal law preempts state abortion bans when needed for emergency care."A pregnant woman got a ticket for driving in the HOV lane in Texas. She says her fetus was her passengerIn more than a dozen states, legal fights are underway over abortion bans and other laws that strictly limit the procedure after the US Supreme Court ended a constitutional right to an abortion on June 24. In a letter to the nation's health care providers on Monday, Becerra said a federal statute called the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act...
    President Joe Biden pledged to do everything he can to bring down high consumer prices during a speech to union workers in Ohio - though some within his administration apparently believe he could over-correct and plunge the country into a recession Progressive White House aides are again frustrated with President Joe Biden, a Thursday report suggests, this time about his mission to bring inflation down for American consumers. Administration officials reportedly expressed concern over the president's proposals to negate soaring costs, such as giving a wide deference to the Federal Reserve on driving up interest rates and easing trade tariffs on China. Unnamed staffers suggested to Politico that Biden's formula could over-correct inflation and push the United States economy into a recession. They fear that kind of financial downturn could massively 'undercut' gains the White House has scored in the job market, higher wages, as well as hinder Democrat-led proposals on childcare spending and lowering prescription drug costs, Politico reports. The outlet suggests that Biden advisers took particular issue with comments he made in May during a meeting with Fed...
    On Wednesday’s broadcast of the Fox Business Network’s “Evening Edit,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) stated that President Joe Biden pushed for gun legislation immediately after the Uvalde school shooting, but now that twice as many people died in the recent smuggling incident, “he says we’re grandstanding about it and he dismisses it.” Because “the Biden administration doesn’t care about these people.” Paxton said, “We just had Uvalde, where 21 people were killed. He made a really big deal about that, we had, obviously, legislation passed, which he was for, he got very engaged in that issue, this is twice as many people and he says we’re grandstanding about it and he dismisses it. Because, look, we all know he’s invited this problem. He’s asked the cartels to bring these people here. This is going to happen again. It’s happened before and the Biden administration doesn’t care about these people.” He later added, “[T]hose numbers are just going to go up as the heat continues to increase, which it will in Texas throughout July and August and into September,...
    On Wednesday’s broadcast of the Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria,” House Minority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) reacted to proposals floated by Democrats and the Biden administration for abortion clinics on federal lands and other means of subsidizing abortions with tax dollars like underwriting travel across state lines to obtain an abortion by stating that the Biden administration and Democrats care more about ensuring taxpayers have to pay for abortions than they do about lowering costs for energy and everything else for consumers. Host Maria Bartiromo said, “I find it really odd that we’re now talking about having abortion clinics on federal land, and we can’t drill on federal lands.” Scalise responded, “Yeah, it’s just nuts. I mean, it shows you how out of touch with the American people the Biden administration is. They’re more focused on taxpayer-funded abortions than they are lower costs for oil, for natural gas, for basic energy, and we see it driving up everything else when you’re at the grocery store. You’re paying for this Biden agenda.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
    Vice President Kamala Harris said Monday on CNN’s “The Lead” that in response to the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade, the Biden administration was “looking at” giving vouchers for travel expenses to women who leave their state to receive an abortion. Anchor Dana Bash said, “What about the idea of financial resources? Some form of voucher for travel, child care services, other forms of support for people, for women seeking abortions in states where it’s not legal, but they just don’t have the means to go elsewhere.” Harris said, “So this is something that we are looking at because we know, for example, in terms of how this is going to actually impact real people, over half of women who receive abortions in America are moms. That means that if they’re going to have to travel, they have to find daycare and pay for it. It means that they will if they are working, which most are, they’re going to have to have time from work, and if they don’t have paid leave, they are going to have to figure out how to afford it. It means they may have to put up money for a...
    Vice President Kamala Harris told CNN’s Dana Bash that the administration is “looking at” the idea of “vouchers for travel” and other funding for women who need to leave their state to receive an abortion. With the legality of abortion now decided state-by-state after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last week, numerous states have quickly moved to ban the medical procedure within their own state lines. “What about the idea of financial resources? Some form of voucher for travel, child care services, other forms of support for people, for women seeking abortions in states where it’s not legal, but they just don’t have the means to go elsewhere,” Bash asked Harris during their Tuesday interview. Women who have more financial resources, Harris argued, will be less impacted by state-specific abortion bans as they can take on the expense of travel, calling Bash’s question an “important point.” The White House, she said, is looking at how to help women “travel without impairment” in light of the Supreme Court’s decision. The administration is currently “looking at” how they can work...
    (CNN) — The Biden administration is set to unveil plans to overhaul the maternal health care system in the United States. The comprehensive plan, called the White House Blueprint for Addressing the Maternal Health Crisis, will be announced by Vice President Kamala Harris at an event in Plainfield, Illinois, according to senior administration officials who are familiar with the plans. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the plans ahead of the event. Harris will be joined by a congressional delegation including Sen. Dick Durbin, Rep. Lauren Underwood and Rep. Robin Kelly, all Democrats from Illinois. READ MORE: Rider Dies After Crashing ATV In Stanislaus CountyThe officials said the plan was needed now more than ever because an already existing crisis has been deepened by Covid-19. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, large parts of the country will lose access to abortion care, which is expected to worsen health outcomes for people during pregnancy and childbirth. “You know that these continued attacks, including restrictions...
    (CNN)The Biden administration is set to unveil plans to overhaul the maternal health care system in the United States.The comprehensive plan, called the White House Blueprint for Addressing the Maternal Health Crisis, will be announced by Vice President Kamala Harris at an event in Plainfield, Illinois, according to senior administration officials who are familiar with the plans. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the plans ahead of the event. Harris will be joined by a congressional delegation including Sen. Dick Durbin, Rep. Lauren Underwood and Rep. Robin Kelly, all Democrats from Illinois.The officials said the plan was needed now more than ever because an already existing crisis has been deepened by Covid-19. In the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, large parts of the country will lose access to abortion care, which is expected to worsen health outcomes for people during pregnancy and childbirth. More new moms have access to Medicaid in effort to reduce maternal mortality"You know that these continued attacks, including restrictions on...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. A year ago, State Highway Administration worker Ronnie Wright’s truck was rammed by pickup truck. Although the incident hasn’t changed the way he approaches his job, it’s not something he’s eager to experience again. A facility maintenance technician based out of the State Highway Administration’s Howard County office, Wright performs a variety of jobs — a list that includes work on the sign crew, paving, and large-litter collection. He’s been with the agency for six years. On March 29, 2021, a day before his birthday, Wright was driving a dump truck on the shoulder of westbound Route 70 when he was struck from behind by a vehicle that was being driven erratically. “I saw car parts flying past my truck and then the next you know, I see a pickup truck on its roof, sliding past my truck,” he said. The pickup caught fire. Wright was pulling a truck-mounted attenuator, a pair of aluminum boxes surrounded by a thick steel...
    A group of Department of Justice employees is asking the Biden administration to follow the lead of other large employers in granting administrative leave to Justice employees who may now have to travel long distances for abortion care, but this sentence in The New York Times' writeup of the request really sticks out: "The request puts the administration in a potentially tricky position: either denying a benefit even as several large companies have made accommodations in the area, or granting one that pits it against state governments that restrict access to the procedure." Uh ... yeah? And so what? We've got several states currently run by a seditionist party that's spent the last half-century trying to roll back civil rights because they believe there is only one true American religion—the one that they personally believe in—and everyone else needs to follow those religious rules or go to jail. Whether or not state governments get upset by the move is irrelevant. Washington state Sen. Emily Randall and RuralOrganizing.org's Matt Hildreth talk about what they're seeing and hearing while knocking on doors this...
    DENVER (CBS4)– Colorado is currently developing a new Behavioral Health Administration (BHA).  It’s one of the most ambitious efforts to reform how people access mental health care in our state’s history. (credit: CBS) Dr. Morgan Medlock is the new Behavioral Health Commissioner for Colorado. She said people need a “front door” to access mental health care easily, on time, and within their means. “This is really a historic moment for Colorado to build a crisis services center that is able to meet people where they are and also connect them to the continuum of care,” Dr. Medlock said. Dr. Medlock said that the BHA is working to combine its existing walk-in centers with digital solutions to make access easier for all Coloradans. More details about how to access care will be released in July when the BHA launches a public-facing care directory. (credit: CBS) For teens, the BHA recently expanded access to free counseling offered. As part of CBS News Colorado’s commitment with MTV to “Mental Health is Health” we are streaming a Community Conversation on Mental Health. You can watch...
    If you hadn’t heard, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki is stepping down from her duties today after a solid year and a half of service. Replacing her will be current Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. Psaki and Jean-Pierre appeared together in front of the podium in the White House briefing room on Thursday for that announcement. But on Thursday, Psaki was still the acting White House press secretary and that means answering some bad questions. Psaki’s final days in front of the White House press were filled with the ominous stench of misogyny. On Monday, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s zealot-tome of a decision overturning decades of settled law was leaked to the press. This has led to a suspiciously well-coordinated screech from the right-wing-o-sphere concerning the specific nature of the leak. Chief Justice John Roberts has ordered a probe to find out how this first draft of the decision leaked out, as is his prerogative. That being said, the more obvious, bigger and important story here is that after 50 years the Roe v. Wade decision is being overturned. A...
    A federal civil rights lawsuit was filed Thursday against Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra over the agency’s “anti-racism” plan that injects “race-based decision making into our health care system.” The lawsuit, which also names Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator Chiquita Brooks-Lasure, was filed by Mississippi doctor Amber Colville and Kentucky doctor Ralph Alvarado. The attorneys general of Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, and Montana have also joined the suit. “[D]istinctions between citizens solely because of their ancestry are by their very nature odious to a free people whose institutions are founded upon the doctrine of equality,” the lawsuit opens, quoting case law. As Breitbart News reported, HHS encourages health care providers to conduct a “clinic-wide review of existing tools and policies, such as value statements or clinical practice guidelines, to ensure that they include and are aligned with a commitment to anti-racism and an understanding of race as a political and social construct, not a physiological one.” Breaking: With the support of @DoNoHarm, two doctors plus 8 state AGs have filed a federal civil...
    by George Neumayr   In 2020, the Trump administration filed a lawsuit against the University of Vermont Medical Center for forcing a nurse to assist at an abortion. Trump’s Department of Justice called the hospital’s bullying of the nurse “the kind of indecent coercion [that] violates everything this country stands for.” In 2021, the Biden administration dropped this lawsuit. It did not want to defend the nurse. This rankled former Trump officials. “It is a dereliction of duty that is an insult to the bipartisan consensus that says you cannot force people to assist in abortions,” Roger Severino, the former head of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR) told Fox News. The Trump administration had cited in its lawsuit the Church Amendments, federal laws “which prohibit grantees of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from discriminating against health care personnel” who have moral or religious objections to assisting at an abortion. The Biden administration is refusing to take those objections seriously. Where the Trump administration prized the conscience rights of heath care workers, the Biden administration...
    The administration of self-described “Catholic” Joe Biden will junk the Donald Trump administration’s 2019 rule that sought to protect the rights of healthcare workers to refuse to participate in abortions and transgender treatments that violate their faith beliefs. In response to the Biden administration’s announcement, German-owned Politico reported Jacqueline Ayers, senior vice president of policy, organizing, and campaigns for Planned Parenthood, referred to the Trump rule as “discriminatory,” and added, “We look forward to seeing the details of the new rule and are excited about this step forward.” The abortion industry giant, which is now also the second largest provider of transgender hormone treatments in the nation, joined with others in a lawsuit against the Trump-era “conscience” rule. An Obama-appointed federal judge ultimately struck down the rule in November 2019. New York Attorney General Letitia James, who led the lawsuit challenge, argued the rule “illegally favored the personal views of health-care workers over the needs of patients and threatened to hobble the ability of state-run health-care facilities to provide effective care.” “The refusal of care rule was an unlawful attempt to allow health care...
    Two planned Biden administration Obamacare rule changes regarding gender transition procedures are expected to lead to major legal battles over transgender rights and religious freedom. The administrative proposals, which could be finalized within months, come about a year after President Joe Biden took office promising to reverse Trump administration rules concerning sex and gender and to implement new anti-discrimination protections for transgender people. ALABAMA TO RECEIVE $276 MILLION FROM JOHNSON & JOHNSON AND OTHERS OVER OPIOID CRISIS The first is a notification issued by the Biden administration that it will update Obamacare civil rights provisions to clarify that prohibitions against discrimination on the basis of sex apply to sexual orientation and gender identity. Another would require that certain healthcare plans include coverage of gender transition procedures in certain circumstances. The new measures put forth by the Department of Health and Human Services would be in the spirit of Biden’s day one executive order for combating discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. But religious liberty advocates say the policies are likely to infringe...
    The Biden administration is openly promoting “gender-affirming” health care, particularly for young people, deeming hormone therapy for teens, as well as gender affirming surgeries on adolescents on a “case-by-case” basis, to be a standard.  The Biden administration’s Office of Population Affairs, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has guidance posted focusing specifically on “Gender-Affirming Care and Young People.”  Gender-affirming care, which it claims is a “supportive form of healthcare,” is “crucial to overall health and well-being” of transgender and nonbinary children and adolescents,” according to the guidance. Surgical instruments are used during a surgery. (Molly Riley/AP) “A safe and affirming healthcare environment is critical in fostering better outcomes for transgender, nonbinary, and other gender expansive children and adolescents,” the guidance states, citing the Trevor Project’s 2021 “National Survey on LGBT Youth Mental Health,” which found that 52 percent of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year. However, the guidance glosses over the issue, seemingly suggesting that gender-affirming care alone will help decrease the alarming figure rather than looking at other options outside of...
    Costs are going to be even more out of control for many, as long COVID sets in. The Biden administration has been working hard to make the Affordable Care Act, and health insurance in general, work better. They’ve lowered premium payments all the way down to zero for many people in Obamacare (a measure that needs to be passed again before the November election to avoid a bad October surprise of premium hike notifications). They’ve implemented the regulations to end surprise billing for people with insurance, and they’ve worked with credit reporting agencies to get them to stop reporting medical debt. They’re getting rid of the family glitch in the ACA that has made insurance too expensive for many families. Earlier this week, Vice President Kamala Harris announced new efforts from the White House to ease the burden of unpaid medical bills. “I have met so many people in so many communities in our nation who are struggling with this burden. Many of whom are managing an illness or an injury at the same time and who stay up at night, staring at the ceiling wondering...
    Panicked Democrats are suddenly coming out of the woodwork urging the Biden administration to have a plan in place before Title 42 officially ends on May 23. But what, exactly, is their plan? Are they advocating for actual policies and programs to deter illegal migration, or are they quietly trying to pave the way for massive expansions in the number, method, and ease by which migrants can come to and remain in the United States. If you look closely at their quotes, press releases, and letters, one thing is clear: Their “plan” is to process every migrant in the impending wave smoothly and efficiently – asylum officers with rubber stamps await. There are too many examples of “don’t end Title 42 until a plan is in place” to count. Democratic retread Beto O’Rourke, who is running for governor of Texas, just knocked the Biden administration for failing to give border communities a plan on how they’ll process the wave of migrants once Tile 42 ends. “It does not make sense to end this until there is a real plan and...
    (CNN)US Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra is set to unveil a new push by the Biden administration Tuesday to accelerate its efforts to prevent, detect and treat long Covid. Long Covid is associated with a host of lingering symptoms from Covid-19 involving multiple body systems. Estimates of the frequency of long-term symptoms and conditions following an acute Covid-19 infection range from 5% to 80%, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The World Health Organization's estimates range from 10% to 20%.President Joe Biden is issuing a presidential memorandum Tuesday directing Becerra to "coordinate a new effort across the federal government to develop and issue the first-ever interagency national research action plan on Long Covid."During Tuesday's Covid-19 response briefing, Becerra will also outline other actions to deliver high-quality care for Americans experiencing long Covid, making services and support available for those individuals and advancing the nation's understanding of long Covid, according to a fact sheet from the White House. They will include a $20 million investment through the President's fiscal year 2023 budget to "investigate how...
    The Biden administration released documents Thursday that endorse children and adolescents with claims of gender dysphoria to experience “gender-affirming care,” including puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and body-mutilating transgender surgeries, including elective double mastectomies and castrations. Biden appeared in a video stating that those who put up barriers to transgender ideology, sports, etc. are “attacking” those afflicted with gender dysphoria with “hateful bills.” To transgender Americans of all ages, I want you to know that you are so brave. You belong. I have your back. pic.twitter.com/mD4F0m3rU1 — President Biden (@POTUS) March 31, 2022 Two documents were released by agencies of the Department of Health and Human Service (HHS), one titled “Gender Affirming Care and Young People,” from the Office of Population Affairs, which defines “gender-affirming care” as a “supportive form of healthcare.” The Daily Wire’s Mary Margaret Olohan posted a screenshot from the document showing how the White House describes such “care.” Heres how the White House describes "gender-affirming care" pic.twitter.com/6XHyVxkcSo — Mary Margaret Olohan (@MaryMargOlohan) March 31, 2022 The document states: For transgender and nonbinary children and adolescents, early...
    The Biden administration on Thursday released several documents promoting transgender sex-reassignment surgeries and hormone treatments for children, calling the measures “crucial to overall health and well-being.” The White House published a transgender fact sheet stocked with “resources” to honor “Transgender Day of Visibility” from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). One such resource is from the Office of Population Affairs (OPA) which is part of HHS, entitled “Gender-Affirming Care and Young People” and contains a chart with “affirming care” options, a far-left euphemism intended to make the mutilation of children sound like a compassionate course of action. The most heinous option involves transforming children’s bodies via irreversible surgeries with the goal of “aligning their outward physical traits with their gender identity.” The procedures listed include “top surgery — to create male typical chest shape or enhance breasts,” and “bottom surgery — surgery on the genitals or reproductive organs.” The OPA also listed “facial feminizations,” and “other procedures.” The document does not include more grotesque aspects of these surgeries where young girls’ breasts are cut off, genitalia are chemically...
    Cross-sex hormones substitutions are only "partially reversible," according to the OPA fact sheet. They also have unmentioned risk factors, including blood clots, stroke, heart disease, certain cancers, liver damage, and infertility. While sex-change surgeries are "typically used in adulthood," the document observes they can be used "case-by-case in adolescence." These include mutilating "'Top surgery' — to create male-typical chest shape or enhance breasts," and "'Bottom' surgery — surgery on genitals or reproductive organs." These surgeries are "not reversible." "Medical and psychosocial gender affirming healthcare practices have been demonstrated to yield lower rates of adverse mental health outcomes, build self-esteem, and improve overall quality of life for transgender and gender diverse youth," OPA states. The second document from NCTSN is longer and more detailed than the fact-sheet from OPA, but it shares the basic contention that "gender-affirming care broadly refers to creating an environment that facilitates youth to move through the world safely as the gender they know themselves to be." "Providing gender-affirming care is neither child maltreatment nor malpractice," NCTSN states, in what appears to be a direct...
    What is the background? Whether or not Biden's administration is fully to blame for historic gas prices, the narrative from the administration is certainly playing into the hands of Republicans. Case in point: The administration has abdicated any responsibility for historic fuel prices, looking toward anyone and everything else to blame for economic woes. Last year, Biden blamed growing economic problems — like inflation and high gas prices — on the COVID-19 pandemic and supply chain problems. Now, the administration is blaming Russian President Vladimir Putin and his invasion of Ukraine. Meanwhile, some Democrats are even targeting oil companies, while climate groups hope Democrats exploit the moment to further demonize the oil industry as greedy profiteers.
    Monday, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) rolled out his American Energy Independence Act of 2022 during an appearance on FNC’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” According to Hawley, Russia was able to invade Ukraine because Biden’s energy policy had driven up the price of oil. That policy resulted from President Joe Biden and his administration being “enthralled to” the environmentalist lobby and so-called environmentalist wackos. “What would be the motive of someone, our policymakers, to hamper, to hobble to shut down America’s domestic energy production?” host Tucker Carlson asked. “Like why would they want to do that, honestly?” “Well, I think that part of it is they are enthralled to the environmentalist lobby,” he said. “I mean, this is Joe Biden’s politics. He is totally enthralled to the environmentalist wackos who don’t care about American strength. They don’t care about American jobs. You know, they don’t particularly like the people who work the pipelines, who work the oil rigs. You know, those folks, they don’t have much regard for them.” “And listen, the truth is, those folks who do that kind of work,...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton are targeting trans kids and their families. Adelyn, a 13-year-old transgender girl living in Texas, told the Texas Tribune that she is scared of being separated from her mother after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) said gender-affirming care is child abuse and supported the reporting to protective services of families who are providing such care to their children. Paxton said, "It is important to note that anyone who has 'a reasonable cause to believe that a child's physical or mental health or welfare has been adversely affected by abuse or neglect by any person shall immediately make a report.'" There are steps the Biden administration could take to assist these families, civil rights and LGBTQ advocates say. For the past year, Texas officials and lawmakers have been ramping up efforts to stigmatize and end gender-affirming care for trans kids, which has been shown to improve their mental health. Texas lawmakers introduced bills in 2021 that would...
    The Biden administration on Monday announced a round of new measures for nursing homes aimed at ensuring adequate care for seniors.  Citing how the pandemic "highlighted the tragic impact of substandard conditions at nursing homes," the White House announced it would be issuing new requirements through the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to improve the "quality and safety" of nursing homes.  Through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the administration will be proposing new minimum standards of care to be unveiled within the next year following a study to determine the level of care and staffing that is needed. These new measures include reducing resident room crowding and reinforcing safeguards against unnecessary medications and treatments. Along with these new measures, the administration will also be enhancing the government's abilities to inspect nursing homes and issue penalties against those that are found to be unsafe. President BidenJoe BidenBiden approval near record low amid economic frustration: poll Barr says Trump 'lost his grip' in forthcoming memoir Capitol Police to reinstall fence for State of the Union address MORE called...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is attempting to shut down centers assisting undocumented migrant children in Florida. On Wednesday, the Biden administration formally told Florida's Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, that his administration's attempts to shut down federally funded shelters that are offering support to unaccompanied migrant children would not work. The shelters, contracted by the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement, assist undocumented children seeking asylum before they are reunited with a sponsor, usually a relative. Mark Greenberg, general counsel for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, sent a letter on Tuesday to Ryan Newman, DeSantis' general counsel. Greenberg wrote that, despite DeSantis' rhetoric and his actions against shelters and other organizations providing care, "Florida cannot take action against federal contractors for activities that are expressly authorized by federal law." Greenberg said federal contractors "are exempt from any enforcement activity, including injunctive actions, civil administrative penalties, or criminal prosecution or penalties" related to their assistance for children, and he noted that DeSantis' counsel previously conceded the...
    Thursday on Fox News Channel’s “The Faulkner Focus,” Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) continued to call into question the Biden administration’s lack of effort to secure the border. According to Kennedy, President Joe Biden and his administration don’t “care about securing the border.” “Sometimes, Harris, when people act like they don’t care, it’s not an act,” Kennedy told host Harris Faulkner. “I don’t think President Biden or at least the people running things in his administration care about securing the border. I don’t think his administration really cares about telling folks in Central America don’t come, don’t come. I mean, they may say the words, but everything the Biden administration does has created incentive for them to come.” “I think the Biden administration honestly believes in open borders,” he continued. “I think they believe that vetting people at the border is racist. That’s wrong, and most Americans disagree. They think vetting people at the border is prudent — not because we hate everybody on the outside, because we love people on the inside. And most fair-minded people want to know who...
    President Joe Biden acknowledged in a speech at the White House Friday that Americans were still suffering the effects of high inflation rates and high gas prices, but did not acknowledge his administration’s policies are partially responsible. “Look, average people are getting clobbered by the cost of everything today,” Biden said, acknowledging that “gas prices at the pump are up” and “food prices are up.” “Look, hamburger is up four times, four-fold almost in many places,” he added. Biden spoke about the most recent encouraging jobs numbers reported on Friday, boasting of historic progress. But the president tried to empathize with Americans who faced higher costs for their daily necessities. “Look, I grew up in a family where if the price of a gallon of gas at the pump went up significantly, it was felt by the family,” he said. “I get it. I understand.” Biden did not blame his anti-energy policies or his dramatic government spending programs for causing inflation. Instead, he blamed big companies for squeezing more profits out of the higher prices without paying more to the...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/CNN) — An ongoing feud over President Joe Biden’s immigration policies is escalating in the Sunshine State, where Gov. Ron DeSantis is threatening to keep long-standing shelters from caring for migrant children, culminating in a heated back and forth internal correspondence obtained by CNN. The Republican governor’s office and the Biden administration are sparring over whether migrant children who arrive at the US-Mexico border alone should be cared for by shelters in Florida, as they have been since 2005. The children, who are in government custody, stay at shelters until they can be reunited with a vetted sponsor, like a parent or relative, in the United States. READ MORE: CDC: Listeria Outbreak Tied To Dole Salads Killed Two, Sickened 17 OthersBut in a letter sent to the Health and Human Services Department last week, obtained by CNN, Florida’s general counsel, Ryan Newman, alleged the federal government was participating in a “human trafficking scheme.” HHS, which is responsible for the care of migrant children, said DeSantis’ threat to revoke state licenses from shelters that take these migrants raises “serious legal...
    (CNN)An ongoing feud over President Joe Biden's immigration policies is escalating in Florida where Gov. Ron DeSantis is threatening to keep long-standing shelters from caring for migrant children, culminating in a heated back and forth unfolding in internal correspondence obtained by CNN. The Republican governor's office and the Biden administration are sparring over whether migrant children who arrive at the US-Mexico border alone should be cared for by shelters in Florida, as they have been since 2005. The children, who are in government custody, stay at shelters until they can be reunited with a vetted sponsor, like a parent or relative, in the United States.But in a letter sent to the Health and Human Services Department last week, obtained by CNN, Florida's general counsel, Ryan Newman, alleged the federal government was participating in a "human trafficking scheme." HHS, which is responsible for the care of migrant children, said DeSantis' threat to revoke state licenses from shelters that take these migrants raises "serious legal concerns" and threatened to take the matter to the Justice Department.The spat pits DeSantis, a potential 2024...
    DENVER (AP) — Majority Democrats on a Colorado legislative committee have defeated two bills their Republican sponsors say were intended to promote transparency in health care administration and pricing — two priorities touted by Democratic Gov. Jared Polis’ administration. Colorado Politics reports the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee voted 3-2 Tuesday to defeat the bills. (credit: CBS) A bill sponsored by Sen. Dennis Hisey of Colorado Springs would have required the administration’s Office of Saving People Money on Health Care to undergo annual legislative hearings to report how it is accomplishing its mandate to cut health care costs for the public. (© Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
    At least 14.5 million Americans are getting private health insurance for this year under the Obama-era health law, thanks to help from the Biden administration. "Health care should be a right, not a privilege, for all Americans," President Biden said Thursday in a statement announcing the numbers. "We are making that right a reality for a record number of people, bringing down costs and increasing access for families across the country." VACCINE MANDATE DEADLINE TO STAR FOR FIRST WAVE OF HEALTH CARE WORKERS But progress could prove fleeting if congressional Democrats remain deadlocked over Biden’s social agenda package. Biden’s earlier coronavirus relief bill has been providing generous subsidy increases that benefit new and returning customers by lowering premiums and out-of-pocket costs. The enhanced financial assistance is temporary. It will go away at the end of 2022 without congressional action to extend it additional years or make it permanent, included in the social agenda legislation. Separately, the Department of Health and Human Services said the latest information from a major ongoing federal survey suggests that the nation’s uninsured rate dipped last...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Thursday that 14.5 million Americans got private health insurance for this year under the Obama-era health law, thanks to help from his administration. “Health care should be a right, not a privilege, for all Americans,” Biden said in a statement. “We are making that right a reality for a record number of people, bringing down costs and increasing access for families across the country.” But progress could prove fleeting if congressional Democrats remain deadlocked over Biden’s social agenda package. Biden’s earlier coronavirus relief bill has been providing generous subsidy increases that benefit new and returning customers by lowering premiums and out-of-pocket costs. The enhanced financial assistance is temporary. It will go away at the end of this year without congressional action to extend it more year or make it permanent. Biden said new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention demonstrates that his administration’s efforts to sign more people up through the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, have had an impact. The figures show that one in seven uninsured people got...
    The Biden administration has officially withdrawn a rule that would have required workers at big companies to get vaccinated or face regular COVID testing requirements. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration confirmed the withdrawal Tuesday. But the agency said it still strongly encourages workers to get vaccinated. In early November, OSHA announced a vaccine-or-test mandate for companies with at least 100 employees. The rule __ which would have impacted more than 80 million U.S. workers __ was originally set to go into effect on Jan. 4. But numerous states and business groups challenged the rule in court. On Jan. 13, the Supreme Court halted the plan. In a 6-3 ruling, the court’s conservative majority concluded that OSHA had overstepped its authority. “OSHA has never before imposed such a mandate. Nor has Congress,″ the court’s majority wrote. ”Indeed, although Congress has enacted significant legislation addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, it has declined to enact any measure similar to what OSHA has promulgated here.” The justices left in place a vaccine mandate for health care providers who receive federal Medicare or Medicaid funding....
    U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about the authorization of the Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus on November 03, 2021 in Washington, DC.Drew Angerer | Getty Images The Biden administration is formally withdrawing its vaccine and testing mandate for businesses, after the Supreme Court blocked the requirements earlier this month. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Tuesday said it is pulling the rules for businesses effective Wednesday, Jan. 26. The Supreme Court's conservative majority, in a 6-3 decision, said OSHA had exceeded its authority. "Although Congress has indisputably given OSHA the power to regulate occupational dangers, it has not given that agency the power to regulate public health more broadly," the court wrote in an unsigned opinion. Under the defunct rules, businesses with more than 100 employees had to ensure their employees were fully vaccinated, or submitted a negative Covid test weekly to enter the workplace. It would have covered some 80 million private-sector employees. The Supreme Court's decision was a major blow to President Joe Biden's strategy to...
                 Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Saturday touted her record for “delivering for older Michiganders,” ahead of her State of the State address. Seemingly, the governor ignored a recent report that demonstrated thousands of additional deaths in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities that were not reported by her administration’s Department of Health and Human Services. “We have to do more to help older Michiganders access affordable healthcare, retire with dignity, and have attainable, affordable housing,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “I am committed to driving down the cost of prescription drugs, easing the tax burden on seniors, and expanding access to nursing homes and alternatives. We will build on our reputation as an ‘age-friendly’ state and continue putting seniors first.” In the release, the governor even spoke about long-term care facilities, while continuing to dismiss the independent analysis. She highlighted that she “supported distribution of nearly 1.6 million tests to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities.” On the other hand, Republicans have blasted her decision to allow positive coronavirus patients to be admitted into nursing...
    (CNN)Those interested in Affordable Care Act coverage for 2022 have until the end of Saturday to sign up in most states.Open enrollment, which lasted a month longer than under the Trump administration, ends January 15 in the 33 states that use the federal exchange, healthcare.gov, and in several states that run their own marketplaces. Certain states, such as New York and California, have extended the deadline by a few weeks. Idaho, on the other hand, ended its open enrollment in mid-December.Interest in Affordable Care Act coverage has surged, propelled by more generous federal subsidies that reduce premiums and out-of-pocket costs.Growing popularityRead MoreMore than 14.2 million people had signed up for coverage on the federal and state exchanges as of January 8 -- a record number for the 9-year-old program. That includes more than 10 million who have selected plans or were automatically reenrolled through healthcare.gov. A total of about 12 million people signed up during open enrollment for 2021 coverage."Americans need, they want and they deserve quality, affordable health care," Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, told reporters Thursday....
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has stopped a major push by the Biden administration to boost the nation’s COVID-19 vaccination rate, a requirement that employees at large businesses get a vaccine or test regularly and wear a mask on the job. At the same time, the court is allowing the administration to proceed with a vaccine mandate for most health care workers in the U.S. The court’s orders Thursday came during a spike in coronavirus cases caused by the omicron variant. The court’s conservative majority concluded the administration overstepped its authority by seeking to impose the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s vaccine-or-test rule on U.S. businesses with at least 100 employees. More than 80 million people would have been affected and OSHA had estimated that the rule would save 6,500 lives and prevent 250,000 hospitalizations over six months. “OSHA has never before imposed such a mandate. Nor has Congress. Indeed, although Congress has enacted significant legislation addressing the COVID–19 pandemic, it has declined to enact any measure similar to what OSHA has promulgated here,” the conservatives wrote in...
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Supreme Court has stopped the Biden administration from enforcing a requirement that employees at large businesses be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing and wear a mask on the job.The video above is from a related video on how President Biden is trying to control the omicron surge.At the same time, the court is allowing the administration to proceed with a vaccine mandate for most health care workers in the U.S.The court's orders Thursday during a spike in coronavirus cases was a mixed bag for the administration's efforts to boost the vaccination rate among Americans.The court's conservative majority concluded the administration overstepped its authority by seeking to impose the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's vaccine-or-test rule on U.S. businesses with at least 100 employees. More than 80 million people would have been affected."OSHA has never before imposed such a mandate. Nor has Congress. Indeed, although Congress has enacted significant legislation addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, it has declined to enact any measure similar to what OSHA has promulgated here," the conservatives wrote in an unsigned opinion.In...